Apr 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) covers the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Ryan Miller to meet with Vancouver Canucks brass

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One look at the NHL free agent goaltending market makes things very clear, very quickly. It’s Ryan Miller and then everybody else. However, for Miller and others this isn’t exactly the hottest market for No. 1 goaltenders.

In fact, as much as the player market is Ryan Miller’s to own, on the team side it’s all about the Vancouver Canucks. The rest of the NHL seems pretty set at the No. 1 position, but Vancouver would like to upgrade it’s roster between the pipes. It appears the Canucks are pulling out all the stops to woo Miller during the free agency period.

Vancouver has both Eddie Lack and Jack Markstrom signed to deals for next season, but neither have the quality that Miller could offer between the pipes.

Miller’s goal in free agency has been to move closer to his wife, who is an actress in Los Angeles. Problem is, no team in California is in need of a top-flight goaltender.

It all adds up to this being the best home for Miller, who was traded this past season from Buffalo to St. Louis after making it clear to the Sabers that he wouldn’t be resigning. He played 19 games for the Blues, going 10-8 with a .903 save percentage and a 2.47 goals against average, but the Blues are moving forward with Brian Elliot and Jake Allen.

At 33 years old, Miller proved he can still play at a very high level last season and that could make him a very good person to help in a transition to Eddie Lack as the No. 1 goaltender in the future. Vancouver’s front office and coaching staff appear to be high on Lack’s future, but he’s still not ready to take over on a full-time basis.

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  • Azziya Khan

    Canucks getting Miller is a long shot. Based on the fact the Canucks are rebuilding the entire team goal tending is not there biggest concern and Jim Benning has clearly stated that by signing both Markstrom and Lack. The only 2 other options are either stick with St.Louis or join the Calgary Flames, but the probability of Miller in Calgary are highly un-likely because simply Miller wants to win a cup and he is aging meaning he does not want to be on a rebuilding team. Also based on the needs of all the NHL rosters the goalie market is small because a lot of teams don’t need goalies.